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The Athlete Experience: Education, Economics and Interactive Sports Exhibits at the Olympic Hall of Fame and Museum, Canada Olympic Park

... Most notably, the fantasy camp -where participants play with their sporting heroes, often at an infamous sporting venue (Gammon 2002) -highlights the corporeal, physical nature of sport heritage. Many sports museums, which are frequently part of stadia infrastructure, have sport simulators that provide the visitor the chance to 'try' a particular sport, and experience something of an empathetic connection with elite athletes (Ramshaw 2011b). Ramshaw (2010) further notes that sports museums simulator displays also often provide information for young visitors and their parents to enrol in a particular sport or try sport 'for real' outside of the museum/stadium context. ...
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The healthy stadia agenda and sport heritage research appear to have much in common, though their relationship has not yet been explored in any detail. Many sport heritages involve playing particular sports, which may enhance physical activity aims of the healthy stadia agenda, while stadium tours – a staple of sport heritage industry – may also incorporate healthy stadia narratives. Similarly, sport heritage and the healthy stadia agenda are potential partners in public education, both through informal stadia-based public programmes and venue displays as well as more formal curriculum-based programming at sporting venues. However, the relationship between sport heritage and the healthy stadia agenda may also have some issues and challenges as well, as many sport heritages involve health risks and unhealthy behaviour. Ultimately, managers and researchers alike may wish to further consider the relationship between sport heritage and the healthy stadia agenda.
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